Boston Red Sox defeat Seattle Mariners, 5-1

SEATTLE — Jason Varitek could see this coming, the strikeouts piling one upon another, the bats flailing or the batters caught looking.

He had the sense that the young lefthander would develop and mature, and start striking out hitters at rates that would put his name up among the great. Varitek knew that Jon Lester was a strikeout pitcher.

“Oh, yeah,’’ Varitek said, when asked if he had anticipated what Lester would become. “You go all the way back to just before he...

SEATTLE (AP) Jon Lester has secured his place in the Boston Red Sox's record book. His preference, however, is a place in the postseason.

Lester (17-8) held Seattle to just three hits over eight innings and the Red Sox beat the Mariners 5-1 on Monday night.

He has won four straight decisions and six of his last seven starts. He gave up three singles, two to Chone Figgins, walked three and struck 12. It's the seventh time this season he has struck out 10 or more.